Thoughts on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

30 Jun

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

  • Major Spoiler Alert

In preparation for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, a rewatch of the first film (and original trilogy) was needed. To see how it all ties together is mildly explored. This latest entry takes place three years after and yes, some advancements in cloning technology happened to allow for the unthinkable.

Dr Henry Wu (B. D. Wong) is continuing his hybrid experiments. I hoped more detail would emerge about who his new masters are, but nothing is revealed. Without him, there would be no ongoing series. Another film is planned.

Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) returns to give this franchise gravitas. His speech before Congress in how not to mess with Mother Nature, and the fate of the dinosaurs and where they belong in this new global order has always been this series underlying message. No matter how hard humanity tries to control these primal forces, it will find a way of rebelling. This latest film exemplifies this theme, and it’s always enjoyable to see the bad guys get their just deserts.

Vic Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio) believes the Raptors can be put to military use and this idea from the first Jurassic World film continues down this road. Other people believe they deserve to be left alone. The good guys think they should be left alone, if not relocated. The once dormant volcano on Isla Nublar awakened and after some Senate debate to do what’s right, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) are back to put the beasts on Noah’s Ark.

Well, not quite. Not every one of these behemoths makes it off island. Most of the avian species can easily fly away and settle on another piece of nearby land. Of course, the fiercest are removed and the docile get no love. I was sad to see them meet a fiery fate.

This film is decent enough to give the backstory some extra plot elements than to always watch the heroes flee for their lives. This part of the narrative has gotten tiring. A fifth film about humans being helpless in amongst a rampage is not what I want. The attempts at a 3D presentation fell flat, and at least the introduction of Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon) and her relationship with grandfather (James Cromwell; Sir Benjamin Lockwood, the co-architect to Jurassic Park) had me wondering. Instead of simply splicing DNA from various dinosaur species together, this film suggests a more horrific avenue which today’s scientific community are at odds about. Are we ready to deal with the ramifications of cloning humans?

The dinosaurs have all the glory and the world building go nowhere. A better story about the ramifications of cloning other beings on Earth going on exists and this opportunity is missed. Fallen Kingdom is great at putting some scares back but it’s nowhere as horrific as recreating human life. Try as Claire did to give them a new sanctuary to live in, the bigger question still remained, are we right to control their fate?

The Pandora’s Box which Maisie opened is a terrific way of saying no. This mythic angle is missed, and I loved this nod to reveal how “Jurassic World” comes about.

The mix of animatronic and CGI have certainly improved over the years, and as spectacular as they are to see in a film, I’m still waiting for a real-life Jurassic Park (with either hologram technology or massive animatronic recreations) to appear. I will want to go. At least with computer operated automatons, I can at least feel safe so long there’s no Skynet operating the everything in this park.

3½ Stomps out of 5

 

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